What Is Your Role in Your Loved One’s Recovery?

What Is Your Role in Your Loved One's Recovery?When a loved one is struggling with an addiction, it can often be difficult to understand how to properly help without enabling the addict. Emotional involvement can often cause the family members of an addict to inadvertently enable the addictive behavior and even contribute to the addiction by providing financial support and housing. Some of the different ways that family members and friends often contribute to a loved one’s addiction include the following:

  • Trying to rescue the addict – Family members often try to save a loved one from the effects of addiction by not letting the addict experience the consequences of addiction. Addicts need to experience the full consequences of addiction in order to feel a need to get healthy and recover.
  • Financially supporting the addict – Supporting the addict financially can be detrimental to the addict experiencing the necessary consequences of addiction. Family members often buy the addict groceries, pay rent and other bills, pay for car repairs and loan money to the addict out of love. Unfortunately, financially supporting an addict prolongs the addiction and only allows the addict access to more drugs.
  • Trying to solve the addiction alone – Family members tend to try and find out what is causing the addiction and believe that by removing certain things the addiction will be overcome. However, addiction is a medical disease that requires professional treatment to overcome.
  • Displaying emotional responses to the negative behavior of an addict – When an addict engages in negative behaviors, family members tend to become emotionally distraught in front of the addict. They become angry or pity the addict, which only continues to enable the addiction.
  • Accommodating the addict – Family members often change their personal schedules and discontinue doing certain things, such as inviting friends over. Taking away personal belongings that are loaned to the addict, such as room and board and a vehicle, can be beneficial to the addict experiencing the consequences of not accepting treatment for addiction.

Taking the time to learn the facts about addiction from professional resources and obtaining addiction information through counseling can help aid a family member in dealing with an addicted loved one. Focusing on one’s personal health and wellbeing is essential to maintaining the ability to adequately help a loved one. Utilizing a different array of professionals, such as an interventionist, can be beneficial in trying to get the addicted loved one to accept treatment. Consequences for failure to accept treatment are essential to allowing the addict to experience the full repercussions of addiction.

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